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The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
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Feb 16, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, jfic-middle-grades-4-6
Recommended for: Grades 5-8, fantasy, dystopia
Read in July, 2009

RL 690. On the Island of Names, every thing and every person has its place. People are named after their professions (potters, learneds, carpenters, smiths, etc.) and objects are named for their use (horned milk creatures--cows). Anything without a use is disregarded and unnamed. Use is the most important reason for existence, and therefore spending time looking at useless items or creating them comes with harsh punishment--banishment.

So is the story of Medford Runyuin. He was not born on the island. His name means nothing. He does his best trying to fit in, hoping to adopt his foster father's craft of carpentry. But sometimes when he's carving he makes ornate sculptures. Useless, Unnameable things...

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